The Pandemic Travel Guide – Essential Printed Documents

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Consider travel insurance

In case you are going on an important trip, you will need to secure yourself with travel insurance, regardless of whether you have never wanted to do it. (For a nearby relaxed escape when less money is in question, travel insurance may not be guaranteed.)

Until further notice, travel insurance is a must requirement, as the condition of the pandemic can change on a personal, local and global level every day.

Travelers need to consider options like “cancel under any reason” coverage, as well as Medjet or COVAC GLOBAL participations, which can take you home in case of a health-related crisis.

However, watch out: travel insurance doesn’t cover everything.

Travel industry experts say travelers should check with their insurance agency (if they have insurance) to discover what their policy will cover, and then supplement what is missing with travel insurance. Make sure to read the fine print to ensure you are secured for precisely what you need.

Passport and vaccine card in one bag…

When you’re done with your vaccine shot(s), protect that fragile document like a Fabergé egg. It may be necessary to show your vaccination card before you board a plane, pass through customs, or clear immigration, among other entry points depending on where you are going (and the state of vaccine passports).

Travel and media companies suggest safeguarding your vaccination card like a passport: Take pictures and save them on your phone. You should print physical copies of it, keep them in a few different places and get one of them laminated (some stores, like Staples and Office Depot, will do it for free). Laminating the original can cause problems in the future since you will need to document future booster shots with it.

Also, check if a vaccine passport is required

The use of vaccine passports will be important for travel, but it remains to be seen how much their importance will extend to your everyday life.

It should work like this: You upload proof of your vaccination, as well as any required coronavirus test results or health waivers, into a mobile app (or if you don’t have a smartphone, there will be a paper version). Choosing to do so will allow you to travel to foreign countries, board cruise ships, and take flights.

The vaccination passport is a way that epidemiologists recommend to encourage travelers to get vaccinations. This, in turn, protects the health of travelers (in addition to protecting others with whom the traveler comes in contact).

Travel vaccination requirements are also nothing new. Coronavirus vaccination is just another requirement for travel to many countries; many others require specific vaccinations.

Prepare to get tested before, and possibly after, your trip

Travelers who have been vaccinated may still have to show proof of a negative coronavirus test result, depending on where they are going. As a result of CDC guidance, fully vaccinated domestic travelers (who have had their final shot for at least two weeks) do not need to get a coronavirus test before or after trips, nor do they need to self-quarantine after travel.

If you’re returning from an international trip to the United States, you must provide a negative test result or evidence of recovery regardless of whether you’ve been vaccinated or not.

After doing your research and determining which test you need and when you will need to determine how you will be able to get it within the acceptable timeframe. You will have to go through different procedures to schedule a coronavirus test, whether you are in the United States or abroad.

You should always know your current health status before venturing out and interacting with others, whether or not you are required to have a test. CDC recommends domestic and international travelers take a viral test one to three days before departure and three to five days after returning home. You should also self-quarantine for seven days after you return home, even if your test is negative.

Make sure you have the pandemic essentials

Keep a backup mask and face mask with you. You will probably need to wear a mask even if you have been vaccinated.

Travelers are informed that ignoring local restrictions – such as mask-wearing – is not only a health risk but a financial one as well. If you do not follow local guidelines in a particular place, you may be fined (or even arrested).

Though health experts are less concerned about coronavirus transmission from surfaces than from respiratory droplets in the air, pack sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% ethyl alcohol or 70% isopropyl alcohol.

Additionally, prepare refreshments for your trip, particularly if you’re traveling by train or by plane. Aviation agencies warn travelers (especially field service technicians) they can expect a reduction in service when they begin to travel again. A limited selection of food and drink would be available on planes, trains, and airports. You should pack food and a water bottle (that you can refill after passing through the TSA checkpoint) as a backup if you plan to travel for a long period.

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